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Project Editor, College Publishing (History of Art and Humanities)

  • Full time, permanent
  • Salary: £28,000­–£30,000
  • Hybrid working potential, based in Central London
  • Closing date: Sunday 8 January 2023

Thames & Hudson – – is the leading global publisher of illustrated books on all aspects of human creativity, the visual arts, history and popular culture, and has developed a successful list of textbooks aimed at the North American and international higher-education markets. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, well-organized, meticulous and versatile Project Editor to work on our top-quality illustrated College books and e-media. This role offers the chance to join a dynamic department, working on multiple projects with distinguished academic authors, and often in the vanguard of innovative digital educational media.

Based in our central London office, the Project Editor will form part of the editorial team at T&H Ltd and will also liaise closely with colleagues in the T&H Inc. College editorial team, who are based in New York.

The Role

Reporting directly to the Managing Editor, College, this will be a key editorial role in the College team, including:

  • Project-managing several large and complex illustrated books simultaneously through every stage of the book-making process, and working on a wide variety of digital media, including illustrated e-pubs, student quiz programs, videos, animations, image banks and other instructor and student resources
  • Copy-editing to a sustainedly very high standard
  • Assessing and checking illustrated layouts in InDesign
  • Assessing images for quality
  • Preparing cover-design briefs and checking cover designs and backboard copy
  • Proofreading with meticulous attention to detail
  • Briefing indexers and copy-editing indexes
  • Briefing and supervising freelance book and e-media editors
  • Preparing final text files for print and e-pubs
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues, as a team player
  • Working directly with authors, illustrators, institutional contacts and freelancers
  • Preparing book-fair materials

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Substantial editorial experience, including project management and hands-on editing of highly illustrated non-fiction books
  • A thorough knowledge of the book-making process from manuscript through to printed product
  • Good proficiency working in Microsoft packages, specifically Word, Excel and Outlook, and experience of working in Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro; the ideal candidate would also be familiar with preparing e-books and addressing accessibility considerations
  • Experience of and a genuine commitment to higher education in the arts and humanities
  • A good degree, preferably in art history, archaeology, history, Classics or English Literature
  • Superb organizational and time-management ability
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize effectively in a busy and fast-paced environment, with a proactive approach to problem-solving, and good initiative
  • Impeccable copy-editing and proofreading skills, with an excellent command of English and American spelling and grammar
  • Exceptional attention to detail and commitment to quality
  • Significant visual awareness and the ability to assess layouts accurately
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Confidence and sensitivity in liaising directly and collaborating with third parties, including academic authors and editorial freelancers
  • A sensitive and proactive approach towards diversity and inclusivity
  • A willingness to deal with new challenges and acquire fresh skills as needed in order to meet the demands of digital developments.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in the UK.

At Thames & Hudson, we believe that employing a diverse workforce is essential to our continuing success, and selection decisions are based on applicants’ experience and skills. We welcome applications from everyone, irrespective of age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, race, religion or belief.

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements above to Sophie Castle,  The deadline for applications is Sunday 8 January 2023. 

Apart from working with a highly talented and creative group of people, we offer:

  • 28 days holiday plus bank holidays
  • Profit share scheme
  • Interest-free loan for a rent deposit or season travel ticket
  • Discounts off our lovely T&H books and co-editions
  • Generous pension contributions
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Film Club

And more!

Project Editor, College Publishing (History of Art and Humanities)

Thames & Hudson, London | United Kingdom
Full-time, Permanent
Editor, Publishing, Management
Project Editor, College Publishing (History of Art and Humanities)
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